The Best Ski Resorts for Mountain Biking

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Mountain biking and skiing go hand-in-hand, as many skiers and snowboarders enjoy a lot of the same feel from biking down a trail as they do skiing or snowboarding. The downside being that falling on dirt is quite a bit less forgiving than toppling over on powder snow. But of course you knew that.

As the snow melts, the attention turns to mountain biking at ski resorts. And many of the most renowned ski resorts have renowned mountain bike parks. Read on to explore some of the best ski resorts for mountain biking in North America.

The Best Ski Resorts for Mountain Biking

Killington, Vermont

Mountain bikers are greeted with nearly 2,000 feet of vertical at Killington Mountain Bike Park, which features 3 high-speed lifts serving more than 30 miles of classic New England singletrack and Gravity Logic flow trails for beginners, intermediates, and experts. Three unique mountain areas make up Killington’s gravity-fueled bike park. Snowshed is the beginner terrain, which includes some intermediate trails, for maximizing progression. Ramshead is home to Killington’s freeride trails, with a mix of intermediate and advanced terrain. And Killington Peak offers classic New England trails with plenty of rock and roots to keep you honest.

Killington has several camps for bikers: Group, private, youth (3-day midweek camps for ages 7-17), and adult (weekend camps, age 18+) bike park camps. Season passes, packages, and rentals are available.

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Killington Bike Rentals, family, mountain-biking in summer.
©Susan Martone/Killington Bike Rentals

Deer Valley Resort, Utah

Deer Valley Resort’s mountain biking trails are spread over six mountains. Riders will find 3,000 feet of vertical and some 60 miles of mountain biking trails, including 4 flow trails by Gravity Logic. Trails are accessed via three chairlifts: Silver Lake Express at the base of the resort, with Sterling Express and Homestake Express located mid-mountain. Several of Deer Valley Resort’s mountain bike trails connect with Park City Mountain Resort’s extensive 400-mile network of singletrack mountain biking trails. Join Deer Valley on select nights during the summer for their Twilight Ride Series from 4 to 8 p.m.

Choose from clinics or private mountain bike lessons at Deer Valley. Adult clinics are designed to improve your skills while you take part in a guided trail ride. Kids clinics improve their skills and confidence on a guided trail ride. Packages include a full-day bike rental, bike clinic, and a lift ticket.

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Whistler, Canada

Whistler Mountain Bike Park has often been touted as the top lift-accessed bike park in the world. Boasting 4,900 feet of vertical, its trails are spread out over 50 miles of lift-served terrain. Whistler Mountain Bike Park is separated into four main zones: Fitzsimmons, Garbanzo, Creekside, and Peak. Each offers unique trails with natural features.

Whistler’s gravity-fed downhill biking experience includes green trails, technical double blacks, and jump trails. Whistler Mountain Bike Park summer programming includes adults, teen, and kids’ lessons, camps, private lessons, women’s and men’s nights, kids’ club, and instructor training programs. First-timers to Whistler Blackcomb can download their Trail Progression Scale Orientation Guide, which provides information on which trails you should ride based on your ability.

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Whistler mountain-biking, bikers mountain views.
Whistler is a top mountain-biking destination in North America ©Shutterstock

Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park is called Mountain Bike Capital USA, in part thanks to more than 600 miles of trails throughout the Winter Park and Fraser areas. Trestle Bike Park offers some exciting riding, and is particularly great for its convenience to Denver. It’s self-proclaimed as North America’s fastest growing bike park, and has more than 40 miles of lift-served trails to drop into.

Trestle Bike School offers full-day programs for every level of rider. It also offers a variety of different camps and skills clinics for a variety of different ages and skill levels. The Women’s Breakthrough Clinic is a fun full-day clinic taught by women for women on select dates throughout the summer. Find out more about camps and clinics on their website.

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Winter Park CO, mountain-biking, friends, summer.
©Winter Park Resort

Northstar, California

Northern California’s largest mountain bike park beckons riders on the north shore of Lake Tahoe with beginner to advanced cross-country and downhill mountain biking trails. Favorite technical descents include Sticks N’ Stones and Boondocks, while anti-gravity rides on the jumps of Livewire and Gypsy are popular. Lap the Big Springs Gondola to warm up, then head to Vista Express or Zephyr Express for more.

Northstar’s Freeride 101 group bike lessons are a great entry-level experience for all ages. Kid and teens (9-17) can enroll in the 5-day mountain biking camp, featuring 4 days of instructor-led lessons, daily coaching, and a water sports day.

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Boreal, California

The Slabs is Boreal’s fun lift-accessed downhill mountain bike park in Soda Springs. Get into the zone with access to The Slabs downhill mountain bike trails, dirt jumps, a pump track, and indoor/outdoor concrete parks. The Slabs consists of 6 freestyle trails ranging in ability level. The Trenches are the playground for dirt lovers looking to start tricking, while riders of all abilities can find something they love.

The Woodward Tahoe Mountain Bike Camp is a popular place to learn or progress. Once instruction groups are formed, each day is split into two parts, featuring a 2.5-hour mandatory group instruction session and then individual progression sessions where campers can choose from different parks with stationed instructors. Week-long day camps offer 5 days of sport-specific instruction Monday–Friday. Campers are dropped off each morning and picked up each evening following camp activities and instruction.

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Crested Butte, Colorado

The Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park was established in 2009 and has been designed to meet the needs of all riders, from beginners to gravity experts. The lift-served bike haul, via the Red Lady Express, has a network of trails that contain both lift-served downhill trails and cross-country rides that connect to some of the popular rides in and around Crested Butte. Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park has more than 30 miles of lift-served singletrack, while it connects to more than 750 miles of singletrack throughout the Gunnison Valley. It’s typically open June through September.

Crested Butte offers professional guides who teach the essentials like proper braking skills, technical descents and how to traverse difficult terrain. These certified guides offer 2-hour group lessons, 2-hour, 4-hour and 7-hour private lessons. The packages include bike rental and lift ticket.

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Mountain-Biking family, Gold medal Olympian and family, Crested Butte, CO, summer.
Crested Butte Ski Resort ©Randi Sidman-Moore

Snowmass, Colorado

The base of Snowmass Mountain turns into a playground for mountain biking each summer season. Snowmass Bike Park features nearly 3,000 feet of vertical and 25 miles of downhill trails. Difficult trails include Viking, Vapor and Valhalla, all of which test your technical capabilities. Midweek is often the best time to visit, as certain Tuesdays in July and August are Bonus Bike Nights when lift-served biking continues until dusk. A variety of bike rentals are available.

Snowmass Bike Park’s mountain bike center offers lessons to riders of all abilities. Coaches teach everything needed for first-time downhill mountain bikers, from cornering and jumping techniques to bike handling skills. Downhill bike clinics, private bike lessons, and kids’ bike camps are also available. The 3-day kids’ camp is for children in grades first through sixth. Kids ride on trails throughout Snowmass Village and on Snowmass Mountain with manmade obstacles and features like jumps and drops.

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Snow Summit and Snow Valley, California

Don’t let the names fool you. Once summer arrives, Big Bear’s Snow Valley and Snow Summit turn into what it calls So Cal’s “Mountain Biking Mecca.” The two bike parks, located less than 15 miles from one another, are chock-full of fast downhill trails, scenic cross-country trails, and more. All total the two bike parks offer 20 downhill runs (9 downhill trails at Snow Summit and 11 at Snow Valley) and more than 60 miles of cross-country trails. Buy your tickets online ahead of time to save.

Note that Snow Summit’s bike park is open daily, while Snow Valley is open Friday through Sunday only. BBMR Anytime and Midweek, Snow Valley Anytime, and Ikon Pass/Ikon Base Pass holders get 20% off bike park lift tickets.

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Snowshoe Mountain Resort, West Virginia

Snowshoe Bike Park is home to one of the largest trail systems in the East, with nearly 40 trails and 1,500 vertical feet of descent, featuring legendary berms, jumps, drops, and flow for every ability level. The park is recognized as one of the best in the U.S, as evidenced by it hosting events like the 2023 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. First-time riders, pro downhillers, cross-country lovers, and everyone in between can find their trail.

New to Snowshoe Mountain are Speciality Skill Clinics that focus on specific skills like drops, berms, and jumps. Also new is a 90-minute and 3-hour Advanced Mountain Clinic that give a feel for the bike park. The Mountain Adventure Center (The MAC) carries a full line of Trek Downhill and Enduro bikes for the whole family.

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Group of riders biking by the water at Snowshoe Mountain

Angel Fire, New Mexico

Angel Fire Bike Park, voted Best in the Southwest by for 7 years in a row, is the largest bike park in the Rocky Mountains. It features 2,000-plus vertical feet and 60 miles of lift-served terrain consisting of skinnies, jump lines, manicured flow and super chunk trails. The personalized approach here accommodates beginner riders, and group sizes are never more than 5 to a class.

The 3-hour lessons include half-day standard or junior bike rental, full armor and a full-day lift ticket. Each lesson is geared toward individual goals. Angel Fire also offers private 3-hour lessons; lift tickets and rentals sold separately. Bike and gear rentals are available through the on-site Bike Shop.

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